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Effect of merging multiple sites into one? Any negative SEO effects of this?

10:19 pm on Jan 30, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I am merging multiple wordpress sites into one domain. These are sites I purchased in the same niche, and I would like to aggregate their traffic into one site, which will better allow me to sell sponsored posts. I am setting up 301 redirects.

Should I be concerned about how many domains I redirect to a single new one? I'm a bit worried that Google will think I am trying to artificially aggregate backlinks or otherwise somehow mess with the rankings, when really I just want all the material under one site while preserving traffic that comes in from social media. Right now I have two domains merged into the new site and I would like to merge perhaps 3-4 more into it.
10:28 pm on Jan 31, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I've done it with 1 or 2 pages at a time, and usually they improve or stay the same in the rankings. I've also done it just fine when getting rid of (deactivating) a domain totally and thus the 301s go away after a short time. But I have been holding off doing it with entire domains for the same reasons you mention. I would be interested in others' experiences with this as well.

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